Lawn and Garden Tractor Buyer's Guide

How to Pick the Perfect Lawn & Garden Tractor

By  | Lawn Mower Product Expert

If you're looking to buy a ridingmower, other than a ZTR, you have two basic options: a lawn tractor and a garden tractor.

They both cut grass,but that's where the similaritiesend. The decision is actually about all the other chores around your yard.

Lawn Tractor vs Garden Tractor

If you're primarily looking to cut grass and perform light yard work, a lawn tractor will serve you well.

If you also want to use your tractor for heavy-duty, earth-moving chores like tilling and cultivating, you'll want to step up to a garden tractor.

Take a look at the comparison chart below to see the differences between garden and lawn tractors:

Compare Lawn and Garden Mowers

Lawn Tractors
Toro Lawn Tractor Riding MowerLawn tractors are lighter duty than garden tractors, featuring lower torque transmissions, less horsepower, and smaller rear tires.

Lawn tractors pack enough punch to tow light carts and spreaders. Plus, they can be converted into snow plows or snow blowers in the winter. They're even effective at handling advanced lawn work, such as aerating, dethatching, spraying, and spreading.

For added traction and stability on uneven terrain, you should look for a lawn tractor with locking rear differential. While you won't have the same forward speed, the stability you gain on slopes will be well appreciated.

Husqvarna Garden TractorGarden Tractors
Garden tractors are like a beefed-up version of a lawn tractor, capable of more heavy-duty ground engaging jobs. They're capable of tilling, furrowing, towing heavier cart loads, and even plowing dirt and snow.

Garden tractors all have at least 24 horsepower engines, capable of towing heavy-duty attachments. They also include larger back tires for extra ground clearance. These larger wheels also provide enhanced stability on slopes and inclines. However, if you're using it on slopes greater than 15%, you should consider a tractor with a traction control system or locking rear differential.

Mulch or Bag?Tractor Mulching Kit
A popular option is a mulching kit that plugs the discharge chute, keeping grass under the deck and cutting it into fine, nutrient-rich clippings.

Mulching kits come in a variety of size. Compatibility is the key. Just make sure your kit is the same size and brand as your tractor.

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Tractor Baggers Another option for disposing of grass clippings is a bagger. Rear-mounted baggers suck cut grass from the blades, through a chute to the collection bags.

Baggers come in either double-bag or triple-bag styles, depending on the tractor size. Stick with the same brand to ensure compatibility.

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